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Civic Obligation and Individual Liberty in Ancient Athens

Peter Liddel


By developing a notion of civic obligation, this book attempts to re‐interpret the nature of individual liberty in ancient Athens. Its primary concern is to elucidate how the considerable obligations of the citizen to the city‐state (polis) and community (known here as civic obligations) were reconciled with ideas about individual liberty, and how this reconciliation was negotiated, performed, and presented in the oratory of the Athenian law‐courts, assembly, and through the publication of inscriptions. This work assesses the extent to which Rawls' model of liberty, consisting of his advocacy ... More

Keywords: (civic) obligation, Rawls, Athens, Lycurgus, liberty (freedom), law‐courts, inscriptions, oratory, city‐state (polis), citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226580
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Liddel, author
Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester
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